I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but I spent the past hour listening to the Demi Lovato album, on full blast in my apartment while I laid on my floor and ate a SpongeBob Squarepants push-up pop (aka my dinner). But it wasn’t just on in the background, I was like really listening to it. Every word in every song somehow hit me and I basically thought I was either in a Kate Hudson rom-com or an episode of Lizzie McGuire.
It got me thinking though, about when you were younger and you would devour music like this. You’d go to FYE or Best Buy or wherever, buy that CD you’ve been waiting for, take it home and listen to it obsessively. Each word on that CD became a part of you; an audible component to the diary of your life at that time. To this day I still know every word of P!nk’s Missundaztood because I spent so many days in my room listening to that album repeatedly. Did I really get what Just Like a Pill was about? Don’t think so. Did Family Portrait directly reflect my own life? Nope. But it didn’t matter- the lyrics and melodies of those songs took on their own meaning in my life.
I’m not saying that as we get older, we don’t continue to play albums into the ground, but for me at least, it’s different. Now I’m lucky if I can get through a few songs off a new record during my morning commute. I miss being able to block out an hour of my day where I can just turn off the outside world and turn on music. I miss how connected you become to a whole album and how distinctly you can recall your surroundings and emotions the first time you hear it.
I guess what I’m saying by this is that, with the help of Demi Lovato, I remembered tonight how important it is to stop and take time to just immerse yourself in the moment, and really remember it, really take it all in, really let it hit you and maybe, just maybe, really let it change you. Because I truly believe music has the ability to do this.
And I mean, even if you’re 12 or 24, you still need to just feel like Demi’s Skyscraper is about your battle with humidity hair, right?